Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dancing Queen by Thalia Kalkipsakis -- ADVISABLE

Kalkipsakis, Thalia Dancing Queen (Go Girl! #1). CHAPTER BOOK. Square Fish (Macmillan), 2006. $5.99. Content: G.

Ballet-dancer Charlie is thrilled to begin a modern dance class, but when she sees how fancy the other girls are, she suddenly feels out-of-place. Then another girl is injured while preparing for an upcoming recital. Can Charlie prove her ability to fill the role? Or will she be backstage forever?

This is a fun, rather gentle story about finding one's place in life and taking risks. The focus on dancing will likely interest many readers, and Charlie's efforts to navigate friendships have a good lesson to them. The very frequent references to "the trendy girls" did pull me out of the story quite a bit, however; the phrase seemed outdated, and it also didn't show what, exactly, made the girls "trendy." The rest worked very well, however.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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